Sheridan Smith has been signed off West End show Funny Girl for another month, due to stress and exhaustion. Smith was originally signed off from the show in May for two to four weeks, but her time off has now been extended as she continues her recovery.

Sheridan SmithSheridan Smith has been signed off from Funny Girl for another month.

In a statement, the show’s producers said: “It is, and always has been, Sheridan’s and the producers’ intention that she will return to ‘Funny Girl’, and any speculation to the contrary is entirely inaccurate and unhelpful.

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“Sheridan’s recovery from stress and exhaustion is the absolute priority. She is doing really well and is incredibly keen to return as soon as possible. Following medical advice, her return to the production will be slightly later than originally anticipated - no later than week commencing 11th July.

“Natasha J Barnes, who has played Fanny Brice in recent weeks to great critical and public acclaim, will continue in the role until Sheridan’s return. Sonia Friedman, David Babani and Scott Landis, Producers of ‘Funny Girl’.”

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On Friday (July 10) The Sun reported that Sheridan would not be making her return to the show this weekend, as had been expected. A source said: “Sheridan was expected to be back for this weekend. The fact this has not happened is very worrying. Her time off was meant to refresh her batteries and get her head straight. But clearly it’s not worked and bosses feel she’s not ready to return.”